Spike In Ebola Cases In DRC Prompts Health Ministry To Implement New Prevention Measures

Associated Press: Rate of new Ebola cases has doubled since September
“The rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September after rebel violence in northeastern Congo caused response efforts to be briefly suspended, health officials said Thursday. In a statement, the International Rescue Committee said it was ‘alarmed’ that there were 33 new cases between Oct. 1 and Tuesday, versus 41 cases during all of September…” (10/11).

Reuters: Ebola response tightens in eastern Congo as seven new cases confirmed: health ministry
“Congolese authorities announced a ban on Wednesday on harboring suspected Ebola patients and promised police protection for health workers at burials, in a bid to fight back against local resistance to efforts to combat the disease…” (Paravicini/Mahamba, 10/10).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response efforts is available from Al Jazeera, CNBC Africa, Daily Beast, The Hill, UPI, and Vanguard.